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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | March 10, 2016


I have been reading this book for a little while, going it fits and starts, despite enjoying it a great deal. That has more to do with my personal situation than anything else. (Despite having lots of TIME to read while in the hospital etc., I found that my focus was not well suited to reading. I also diverted some attention to a couple of poetry books – one that I have already finished and one that because my sole focus now.

I am a big fan of Neal Stephenson. The first book by him that I read was Cryptonomicon and I was blown away. Interestingly, when I got around to reading Snow Crash – which is the one that brought him fame – I was a little underwhelmed. After reading Reamde, Zodiac and now Diamond Age, I understand why and have a new appreciation for it.

All these books have certain similarities. Stephenson writing style is one that really appeals to me, but if I go back and put these books in the order they were written, the evolution of his writing is obvious. Snow Crash WAS a revelation, but since I had already read a book by him that had moved past that stage and was even better, I didn’t realize it.

About Diamond Age – my praise is not quite as effusive because while I LOVED the book as I was reading it, the ending fell pretty flat. All of a sudden this was just a lot of violence without the intelligence that made the rest of the book so solid. In fact, I wonder if I missed something, because a couple of plot points at the end didn’t really make sense to me (Hackworth did that… why?), and I felt that what was ABOUT to happen with Nell and the ‘Mice’ was way more interesting that what JUST happened with Nell and the ‘Mice’.

Oh well. The read overall was worth it.



Books Read in 2016

The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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